Identify Rhyme Schemes

Sonnets #3

Worksheet Description

This worksheet presents William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and asks students to analyze its structure by identifying the rhyme scheme. Each line of the sonnet is followed by a blank space where students are expected to write letters (A, B, C, etc.) to denote the rhyming pattern. The activity focuses on one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, which begins with the line, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

The worksheet is designed to teach students how to identify and understand the rhyme scheme in a Shakespearean sonnet. By assigning letters to lines that rhyme, students learn to discern the pattern that defines this type of sonnet. This exercise also aids in the appreciation of the artistic structure and sound of Shakespeare’s poetry. Additionally, it encourages a deeper engagement with the text, as recognizing rhyme schemes is an integral part of literary analysis in poetry.